Viewpoint

12.21.18

A Look Back at China in 2018

Kyle Hutzler
In 2018, the outlook for China regarding its politics, economy, and relationship with the United States darkened considerably. The removal of presidential term limits and Xi Jinping’s interactions with the Trump administration prompted rare...

Killing Spurs Didi, China’s Ride-Hailing Giant, to Revamp Its Service

Elsie Chen and Mengxue Ou
New York Times
Didi Chuxing, China’s wildly popular ride-sharing service, said on Wednesday that it would overhaul its app and its safety and security practices, after reports that a passenger had been raped and killed by her driver.

China’s Didi Chuxing Signs Deal with 12 Car Groups

Charles Clover and Sherry Fei Ju
Financial Times
Chinese ride-hailing group Didi Chuxing has signed partnership agreements with 12 car companies to help them market auto-sharing services and electric vehicles.

Ride-Hailing Giant Didi Finally Offers an English Language Option for Foreigners in China

Jon Russell
TechCrunch
There’s good news for foreigners living in, or visiting, China after Didi Chuxing — the local ride-sharing leader — added support for English language and overseas credit cards to its service for the first time.

China’s Uber worth $50 Billion after Raising More Cash

Alec Macfarlane
CNN
China’s homegrown answer to Uber is about to become the world’s second most valuable startup.

The 10 Largest Investments in China This Year

Eva Xiao
Tech in Asia
In the first half of 2016 alone, investors poured US $37 billion into Chinese startups: Didi Chuxing, Ant Financial, and Meituan-Dianping top the list

Uber Slayer: How China’s Didi Beat the Ride-Hailing Superpower

Brad Stone and Lulu Yilun Chen
Bloomberg
“We felt like the People’s Liberation Army, with basic rifles, and we were bombed by airplanes and missiles.”

Caixin Media

08.22.16

What’s Next for Uber and Didi in China?

New regulations and a blockbuster merger between the industry’s largest players are reshaping the business landscape for China’s car-hailing app companies.And the landscape is widening as car-hailing companies, including Didi Chuxing Technology Co...

Uber’s China Exit

Wall Street Journal
China isn’t big enough for two ride-sharing companies....

Gig Economy Arrives in China (Officially); Ride-Sharing a Go

New York Times
A Cabinet document sets guidelines for registration, fares, employment of drivers and payments.

Environment

07.21.16

Chengdu’s Pollution Is Complicated by Taxi Apps

from chinadialogue
Research carried out by Peking University’s Statistical Science Centre and Guanghua School of Management found that Chengdu suffers from air pollution 88 percent of the time—even worse than Beijing at 76 percent.

Insurance Firm China Life Puts $600M into Didi Chuxing Months after Backing Uber

Jon Russell
TechCrunch
It provides an equity investment of $300 million, and a separate “long-term debt investment” of RMB 2 billion ($305 million).

Tim Cook Visits China in Hopes Beijing Will Take Another Bite of the Apple

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
The visit comes as the company’s prospects in its second largest market appear to be souring.

China’s Homegrown Rival to Uber Valued at Over $25 Billion

Juro Osawa, Kane Wu and Rick Carew
Wall Street Journal
Beijing-based Didi Kuaidi Joint Co. is close to completing its latest funding round to raise more than $1.5 billion.

China Minister Warns on Subsidies As Uber, Didi Battle

Agence France-Presse
Ride-booking services have threatened the old-style taxi sector and contributed to cab drivers' protests...

The Chinese Ride-Hailing Startup That’s Out-Ubering Uber

Davey Alba
Wired
Didi Kuaidi is taking on Uber for the title of largest ride-hailing company in the world’s largest country--or, Uber appears to be trying to unseat the homegrown favorite.